Photographer/Model: an evening of practicing your Portraiture

We often complain that we don't we don't have models for portraiture practice. But, do we understand models? do we know what it means to be a model and how does it feel to be one?

Well, this is your chance to be both: a model and a photographer. The idea is simple: those attending will be paired with another budding photographer.

One photographer will assume the expected role, and other other will become the model. After 30 minutes the roles will be reversed.

No skill level required, but you should be willing to let your photo-partner take photos of you. All we expect is that you use your 30 minutes effectively: bring zero or more flashes, bring umbrellas or lightboxes, or just shoot with your point-and-shoot. The choice is yours. But remember, you have to set up and take the photos in 30 minutes.

We will meet in the square in front of the McLaurin building (by its cafeteria) at 5:30 PM on Friday Sept 28.

http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/mac.php

--dmg

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There has been a lot of interest in this meetup that have generated
various questions that I would like to answer.

First, this is an experiment. We (the organizers) are trying a new
type of event. We hope that it is successful, and it if it, we will
schedule more of its type. And, as you can imagine, its success will
depend on all of you. For this reason we will have some rules that
expect you to follow.

The most important rule: we want everybody to have fun!


PARTICIPANTS

Only attend if you have RSVP. The number of attendants is already large and more people will make everything more difficult. So please, only attend if you have RSVP (contact me if you have not and want to attend).

This meetup is open to people of all skill levels. I am sure there
will be people with a lot of experience and others who are just
starting.

There is a major requirement: you must be comfortable having your
photo taken by another photographer --the same photographer you will
be taking photos of. This also means that you should be comfortable
with those photos being shown to others. In other words, the model
should expect that the photos of her/him could be used to become part
of the portfolio of the photographer. Similarly, the model should
expect that the photographer shares with her/him the photos for
her/his own personal use.

If you are not going to fully participate (and to be a
model/photographer model, then PLEASE, DO NOT COME. We do not want
pairs to have an audience around (who might become a distraction).

LEARNING TO TAKE PORTRAITS

Some of you would have liked to have an introduction to taking
portraits. Unfortunately the skills of the participants are too wide,
and it will be difficult to match them all. My suggestion is that,
based on your skill level, you read/watch one or more tutorials (there
are plenty on the Web) and come prepared with some ideas on what to
try. If you are really new to taking portraits consider doing
something along this video:

http://digital-photography-school.com/13-tips-for-improving-outdoor-portraits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tin5q2-yPew

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14r1t2DMVhE


LOCATION

We will shoot outdoors. The MacLaurin building and the areas around it
is full of spaces where you can take photos. In case of rain the
building has enough cover spaces to make it feasible (the forecast is
not to rain).

FORMAT

At 5:30 we will randomly select pairs. We will give a brief
introduction to the event, its rules and the expectations. Then pairs
will go and start their photo-sessions.

PHOTO SESSIONS

Each pair will decide who the first photographer is. My suggestion is
that at this point, the model switches off her/his photographer mind
and let the other approach the session as she/he pleases. In other
words, when you are the model, even if you have a lot of experience,
do not coach the photographer. Instead, act like a person who
genuinely wants to have her/his photos taken. The photographer will
take decisions such as where to shoot, and guide the model to pose for
her. Of course all of this should be done with mutual respect.

SWAP ROLES

After 30 minutes the time of the first photographer is up and it will
be time to change roles, and repeat the Photo Session.

AFTERMATH

At the end of the sessions we will have three choices:

1. Repeat the experience again (selecting new couples). I suspect some
people would have enough for the day, and might want to be
done. Others might be ready for more.

2. Go to a classroom and talk about the experience.

3. Go to Student Union building for a coffee/drink to socialize.

Based on interest we will decide what to do.

OCTOBER MEETUP

We have decided that the October evening meetup will be dedicated to
the showing and discussion of the photos taken during this event. This
will be a great opportunity to see what others did.

Please, if you have any questions, feel free to post them.

--dmg

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  • Pamela H.

    daniel, i think it would be a good exercise to follow this up with a second portrait session after we have learned from our own experience and seeing others' work.

    October 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I second that! :o)

      October 18, 2012

    • Roy B.

      Absolutely, I will third that idea, that was a great learning experience . Let's do that again soon.

      October 18, 2012

  • Bev A.

    I agree -- there are some great photos here -- too many to comment on individually. It looks like everyone has come away from this experience with more knowledge and some great personal photos to use for profile pictures on this and other sites. Usually photographers never get good pictures of themselves because they are always the ones behind the camera.

    October 7, 2012

  • Pamela H.

    really great to see everyone's work here....

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just want to say that I am very pleased to see everyone's pictures from this photo shoot, I find it very interesting and am learning from it. Best, Aura :o)

    October 2, 2012

  • Duncan G.

    I wonder , is there an age limit for males ???? ( me ) and do we know who our partners are before hand ???? ..... Thank you

    September 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well I hope I pick you Duncan with your model reputation! ;o)

      1 · September 17, 2012

    • John P.

      Dang... looks like I missed a great meet-up; some really nice work!

      September 30, 2012

  • Beth A.

    What a great exercise. My partner was so much fun to work with, very collaboartive and it was really helpful to focus (pun intended) on one specific aspect of photography for a whole hour. We learned bunches and were both getting great shots. Thank you Daniel.

    September 29, 2012

  • Dennis C.

    Great idea for a meetup - really enjoyed it

    September 29, 2012

  • Duncan G.

    Interesting and very exciting .... Glad I was part of it .. I feel it was a great idea Thanks guys for the set up ...

    September 29, 2012

  • Leesa F.

    I was merrily on my way, and right at the Catholic High school on McKenzie, I ran over something. It made a horrible noise under my car and left a metal "something" in my tire. Some wonderful, random Asian woman helped me discover this, and I had to turn left on Quadra, rather than continue on my way to UVic. I made it to Can Tire, but barely. I was completely flat within 2 min of arriving. By the time all was said and done I was woefully too late:(
    I am so disappointed.
    The only upside is all your wonderful photo's of the event:)
    Leesa

    September 28, 2012

    • dmg

      Sorry to hear that. Good thing you are ok. Hopefully you can join us next time.

      --dmg

      September 29, 2012

  • Ken M

    This was great fun. I had a pleasant and willing subject. Thanks Val. OK so she ate some of my props but I brought lots! LOL. Look forward to seeing the best 3 or 5 of everyone's photos. We should do this again in a couple of months. Thanks Daniel.

    September 28, 2012

  • Bev A.

    This was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to practice!

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! I really enjoyed this exercise. Although I was somewhat reluctant for the photographer part at first, once I eased into it I liked it. It was fun to work with a model and come up with creative poses and learn to communicate what you want. And so nice to do this exercise with others and I can't wait to see everyone's pictures! Nice to have a group photo too! Thanks Daniel for organizing this and making it fun and educational! Aura :o)

    September 28, 2012

  • Barbara W.

    I realized afterwards that the women were paired with women and the men with men. Not exactly a random draw. Enjoyed the opportunity, though. Thanks for organizing.

    September 28, 2012

  • John P.

    Wish I could have made this one - hope that it went well and that the rain held off 'til everyone was done. Looking forward to seeing some images.

    September 28, 2012

  • Alan

    FYI forecast for today is cloudy with chance of rain...
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-85_metric_e.html

    Come prepared....

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm deffenetly going to be running late

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be running late on friday

    September 26, 2012

  • Gary G.

    Just thought: After shoot, an excellent way to celebrate and speak with a few folks, why not go to "The Classroom Restaurant", Camosun College culinary arts program? Reservations are required, so reply ASAP. I've made a booking for at least another 7 people, maybe more First come... according to e-m time. 4 PM Thurs. is when I'll hear back from College to confirm number. Cost per excellent meal is $30. There is a 7:30 seating which fits our shooting schedule nicely. Dress is not an issue. See the menu at http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/culina/culina-restaurant-menu1.html#menu1

    Reply to me personally by Thursday 4PM.
    [masked]

    September 26, 2012

    • Alan

      Sounds like a good idea, except I am a starving student. It may be an excellent meal, but $30 is a bit rich for my current budget...

      September 26, 2012

  • Alan

    I am so excited about this, I bought a hat as a prop for my model...

    September 25, 2012

  • Gary G.

    Anybody else entered Monday Mag's yearly Community Photo Contest/exhibition, and invited to tonight's gala for contributing artists?

    Please let me know and if so let's speak there.
    gary

    September 25, 2012

  • Gary G.

    As we're shooting outdoors, if people have a chance, it would be a good idea to visit the area to get ideas on locations, and how to place subject in large area between Mac and library. Thinking about multiple locations, I can see how 30 minutes might be tight.

    September 25, 2012

    • dmg

      I would recommend people that if they can, arrive a bit earlier to see the area. But don't over think it. It is just a fun session. -dmg

      1 · September 25, 2012

  • Bev A.

    I hope the October meetup will be on a day that we can all make it -- I'd hate to miss that part of the exercise. Is there a date planned in October?

    September 24, 2012

  • Ken J.

    Sorry, you guys. I've come up with verbal diarrhea today. I used to think my 100mm f2.8 lens was a good lens for portrait when I was using film. Maybe not so good for digital now that it acts like a 150? Maybe a 70 or 80 is the answer - or what used to be a standard 50? Whaddyathink?

    September 23, 2012

    • Tom G.

      I shoot portraits with an 85mm f1.4 lens on a FX body. The focal length puts the photographer far enough from the subject that perfect perspective and good cropping result. The large aperture offers very shallow depth of field for a head that pops out of the out of focus background. A 55mm lens will give close to the same perspective on a DX body.

      September 24, 2012

    • Leesa F.

      Excellent tip. Thank you:)

      September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out at sea so it's hard for me to see some of these comments.

    September 24, 2012

  • Gary G.

    Regarding aftermath. Probably few will want to do a follow-up unless sessions are shorter. Personally I think 30 minutes is much more time than I can see myself wanting. Maybe too, for those who don't need so much time, when finished there could be a designated area where new partners could form.
    Finally, no mention was made for models to bring clothing (hats etc. or other props) which reflect their personality.
    Also, I think it best if we can go to a classroom afterwards. That way when anyone speaks everyone can hear. Going to the sub with such a large group, conversations will take place with just the few people around, and nobody would actually be able to get to know or meet (even to small degree) all the participants.
    Finally, maybe someone could access a video projector and card reader, so whole group could view selected portraits with a brief discussion in classroom.

    September 24, 2012

    • dmg

      Gary,

      This is the idea behind the Oct. Meetup. In that day we will have a data projector and people will be able to present their photos and we can discuss them. --dmg

      September 24, 2012

  • Ken J.

    dmg, that write up clearly took some time and thought. From one of the group who is really interested, but equally lacking in confidence, thanx so much for putting it together.

    September 24, 2012

    • Leesa F.

      Yes, thank you dmg. I really appreciate it.

      September 24, 2012

  • Val

    The format sounds like a great chance to learn and experiment, and lots of fun too. Thanks for organizing this!

    September 24, 2012

  • dmg

    Please note that I have added a detail description of what to expect this Friday.

    September 24, 2012

  • Beth A.

    Hello All,

    I love the opportunity Daniel has arranged for us and I am sorry some of you feel so uncomfortable about the exercise as proposed. Personally, I'm going to embrace it for all it's worth. Sure I don't like having my picture taken and I don't have much experience with portraiture but, I'll be way better at both after Friday : ]

    A quick Google search on ""fun, easy portraiture" turned up any number of websites so feel free to quell your concerns with a little research and then trust that you will be in the most supportive group of photographers possible and just enjoy the experience.

    I'll be honoured to be shot by any one of you.

    1 · September 23, 2012

    • Ken M

      That's the spirit Beth!

      September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please take Andrew up on his on his offer to give us a few tips to help us get started.

    September 23, 2012

    • Dennis C.

      As Beth has pointed out there is lots of useful information on the Web. I did a search for "outdoor portraits" and that found some good sites. Here is one:

      September 23, 2012

    • Dennis C.

      September 23, 2012

  • Barbara W.

    Just so you know, I have always hated having my picture taken and I have done very little portraiture. That's why I signed up. To get over the first and learn more about the second. Be warned!

    Looking forward to doing this, but you may be sorry if you get me for your partner! Duncan is not the only camera-shy amateur showing up.

    1 · September 23, 2012

  • Duncan G.

    Thanks for your answer Daniel , now have you anything for the jitters
    I've never done anything remotely close to this I hope I don't disappoint some one

    September 17, 2012

    • Gary Q

      Duncan,you'll be fine,lol!

      September 23, 2012

    • Val

      Duncan, it's all about learning and, for some of us, trying something new. Besides, nobody has to see the results. LOL I think you will be great.

      September 23, 2012

  • Ken J.

    Also, what I neglected to mention is will there be a defbriefing after the exercises?

    September 23, 2012

  • Ken J.

    Hi everyone. When I first saw this get together advertised, I thought 'what a great idea'. I've been following the info exchanges with some trepidation. I must say I share full empathy for Duncan's comments. Aaron's very well written caution got me thinking a little more that maybe I'm not clear on the format. What I'm thinking is if I've never engaged in posing or setting up models to pose, maybe I'd be better to change my rsvp to 'no' and allow someone with more acumen to perform while I watch. Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance. .. Ken

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a room booked? Or are we just doing this outside?

    September 23, 2012

    • dmg

      Outside, by the cafeteria of the building.

      September 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      And in case of inclement weather?

      September 23, 2012

  • Aaron

    Daniel has proposed an extremely useful hour of model/subject photography. I hope everyone reads the event description carefully and respects the format. Modeling for 30min then photographing 30min one-on-one - I feel this will be a challenge for many If you attend please be aware what you've signed up for!

    1 · September 22, 2012

  • Tim

    I wish I could go to this meeting, but I'll be in the middle of several days with long work shifts.

    September 22, 2012

  • Andrew K.

    If I can help a bit in this meeting, I can give you short pro tips how to quickly set-up your camera and shoot your model. I will need .5 hour for it if organizer agree.
    Andrew Kielbowicz,
    photography instructor
    P.S. Please also check the sister meetup group: Victoria Photography Training Group
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Victoria-Photography-Training-Group/events/82488752/

    September 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      That sounds great. grateful for any tips like this.

      September 17, 2012

    • dmg

      I have decided we will do that in another meetup. For this one let us stick to the original plan.

      1 · September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which building is it going to be in?

    September 17, 2012

    • dmg

      McLaurin. We'll meet in front of it, there is a small square, very close to the totem poles, and right next to the cafeteria of the building. It is also opposite to the library, across the quadrangle. McLaurin has its own parking lot.

      September 17, 2012

    • Gary Q

      Ahhhh,this should be a fun evening.

      September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have any experience with models most of my stuff is scenic I'm just interested in learning about it

    September 17, 2012

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